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Vaccinations Save Lives

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we are all responsible for keeping our friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers safe. While we’ve all been trying our best to do our part, our work is not done.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is working hard to vaccinate our staff, clients, and the general public. But we can’t do it without your cooperation. AHF would not be advocating for the vaccine if it wasn’t safe. There are many myths circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more below and remember, do your part and get your vaccine as soon as you can.

Vaccination Plan

The FDA recently approved three vaccines to prevent people from becoming sick with COVID-19.  There are some differences between the vaccines, but we recommend getting any one of the approved vaccines when they become available to you. 

Many adults are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility varies by state. Find out if you qualify today!

Vaccination Roll Out

The federal government has been working since the pandemic began to develop, manufacture, and distribute safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

After the FDA approves a vaccine, the CDC recommends who should be vaccinated first, second, third, etc. in the United States while supplies are limited. For the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends prioritizing healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities to receive the vaccination first. President Biden recently announced that as of April 19th, all adults should be eligible to receive the vaccine. Until then, eligibility varies from state to state so make sure you check your local guidelines to see if you can receive the vaccine.

Healthcare Personnel

 

Learn more about why it’s important that healthcare personnel get vaccinated and who is included.

Healthcare Personnel

Long-term Care Facility Residents

Learn more about why it’s important that residents of long-term care facilities get vaccinated and who is included.​

Long-term Care Facility Residents

Teachers, School & Child Care Staff

Learn more about why it’s important for school staff and child care workers get vaccinated and who is included in this tier.

Read more about this directive

Groups who should be offered vaccination next (1B and 1C)

CDC recommends that in Phase 1B and Phase 1C, which may overlap, vaccination should be offered to people in the following groups. CDC made this recommendation on December 22, 2020.
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Phase 1B

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Phase 1C

  • Frontline essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.)

  • People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.
  • People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.

  • People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.

  • Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

Groups who should be offered vaccination next (1B and 1C)

CDC recommends that in Phase 1B and Phase 1C, which may overlap, vaccination should be offered to people in the following groups. CDC made this recommendation on December 22, 2020.
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Phase 1B

  • Frontline essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.)

  • People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.
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Phase 1C

  • People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.

  • People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.

  • Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large enough quantities of vaccine are available. As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, ACIP will expand the groups recommended for vaccination.

Where can I get vaccinated? Find your nearest vaccination center today.

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Vaccine Safety

Safety is our top priority at AHF. We're confident that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have ensured the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible.

After a vaccine is approved for use, there are many vaccine safety monitoring systems in place to watch for side effects that may not have been seen during clinical trials. If an unexpected symptom arises, experts quickly study it to decide whether it is a real safety concern. The COVID-19 vaccine DOES NOT give you COVID-19, it is safe for women who want to become pregnant one day, and will NOT alter your DNA. Scroll down for more frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How are Vaccination Recommendations Made?

The CDC considers many factors when deciding which groups should be eligible to receive the vaccine. They consider things like age, race, occupational hazards, underlying medical conditions, and more. 

Follow the link below to read more about how the CDC determines who can receive the vaccine and when. 

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Getting Vaccinated

What to Expect After Vaccination

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People Living With HIV and Vaccination

Myths versus Facts

 
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1,500,000 people in 45 countries. AHF offers advanced medical care for people living with HIV. We provide clients with easy access to specialists, medications and social services needed to live a healthy lifestyle.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1,500,000 people in 45 countries. AHF offers advanced medical care for people living with HIV. We provide clients with easy access to specialists, medications and social services needed to live a healthy lifestyle.
 
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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1,500,000 people in 45 countries. AHF offers advanced medical care for people living with HIV. We provide clients with easy access to specialists, medications and social services needed to live a healthy lifestyle.